Nicola Sturgeon urges Scots not to travel to England ‘at all’ except for ‘essential purposes’ amid Covid lockdown speculation

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots not to travel to England - except for essential purposes.

Nicola Sturgeon.
Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister made the call in a series of tweets today regarding speculation over a possible lockdown in England, as reported in several newspapers south of the border.

Ms Sturgeon stressed the prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and said there are early signs that tough restrictions in place from late September have started to slow the rate of infection.

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She continued: “We will base decisions on circumstances here - though what happens just across our border is clearly not irrelevant to our considerations. In (the) coming days @scotgov will consider data on the spread of the virus, as we always do, and take account of any developments in England.

“Amongst other factors, this consideration will have to include whether any financial support will be available now as a result of steps in England, which would not be guaranteed to Scotland later.

“Most importantly, we urge everyone to comply with current restrictions, including on travel. People should not travel to or from level 3 areas in Scotland and for now, we are asking people not to travel to or from England at all, except for essential purposes.”

The First Minister added that the Scottish Government will do its best to make the best and most rational decisions, with the priority of protecting health and lives.